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Middle Years

Meet our new Head of Pastoral Care, Middle and Senior Years: Mrs Natalie Houston


What drew you to Trinity Lutheran College?

My first teaching position was at Trinity Lutheran College in 2000! I worked at ‘TLC’ until 2007 and always loved working here so it is fantastic to be back! Both times that I’ve seen the advertisement for Trinity, I’ve felt a strong calling to apply. I want to play a part in developing a great community here.

What does your role involve?

I am here to help students grow into responsible young people who care for others and their world and who take care of their own wellbeing. My role extends to assisting students to develop leadership skills.

What do you bring to Trinity from your previous experiences from a career perspective and as a parent?

I was a founding teacher at another Lutheran school and from that experience, I learnt a lot about working in a community and building a Christ-centred community. My teaching role at a NSW university more recently, has allowed me to see where some students are headed in terms of academic studies and I do consider that while teaching. As a parent of two young children, I have certainly developed my ability to go with the flow and patience!

What do you most hope to achieve at Trinity in your role as Head of Pastoral Care?

To continue to grow a connected and caring community.

Tell us about your professional background?

I have worked in Lutheran, Anglican and Grammar schools as an English, Christian Studies and History teacher and at a university level teaching in the Masters of Education and Bachelor of Arts programs. I’ve completed postgraduate studies at the Australian Lutheran College and Australian Catholic University focusing on the areas of curriculum and pedagogy, religious education and authentic leadership.

Tell us a little about your background and family?

I came from a RAAF family living in Amberley and started my education in Malaysia. Once we returned, I lived in a small rural town between Ipswich and Toowoomba called Marburg, the area my parents had both grown up in. I completed high school at the neighbouring town in Rosewood and then lived at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, while completing my BA/ BEd – it was here that I met my husband-to-be. I love travelling – I’m aiming to visit a country a year for the rest of my life! I’m up to 30 countries and I’ve just turned 39 so I’m running a little behind!

How would you describe your own school-going self (what you were like at school)?

I always did my best. I really struggled with Maths – just as well I became an English teacher!

What book inspires you and why?

There are many books that have inspired me. Recently, I bought my daughter a book called “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women” - it really is a book for all ages and we find it interesting to read little biographies, written like fairytales, of amazing women and their remarkable feats – astronauts, activists, queens and the list goes on.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

A smile and manners cost you nothing.

How do you relax?

I love going for a walk but I tend to walk pretty fast – the students at my last school called me ‘Roadrunner’!

What is your favourite music?

I like a big range but 80s music and electronica the most!

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

Paragliding in Turkey over the bright blue ocean.

What is your best quality?

Approachable and fair

What are you most excited about, having joined Trinity?

Building a community and forming relationships which will last a lifetime.

What do you like most about your profession?

Working with other people to help find the best way forward

What do you like least about your profession?

Paperwork

What do you do for exercise?

Social netball; walking

What would you be doing if you weren’t in the teaching profession?

Editing or writing a book

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

My daughter has asked me to say, ‘Us!’ Yes, my wonderful family of four – a great husband and two gorgeous children. I worked very hard in my Master degrees in Education and Educational Leadership and I’m proud to have successfully completed those too.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

Not to sweat the small stuff – a lot of things that I got worried about or put energy into weren’t really the things that count towards a happy life.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

When I was in high school, I represented Panasonic in the Panasonic Keyboard Orchestra (first and only in the world) – I played ‘oboe’ and a few other instruments on the keyboard – we travelled widely to advertise the product.



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